What's News: June 19, 2018

A migrant waiting to disembark from the Aquarius rescue ship in the port of Valencia in Spain.
A migrant waiting to disembark from the Aquarius rescue ship in the port of Valencia in Spain.PHOTO: REUTERS


Stepping up war on diabetes

Health Minister Gan Kim Yong wants free drinking water to be made available in public areas as part of efforts to fight diabetes.

Also on the cards may be a sugar tax on packaged drinks, restricted advertising of such drinks and prominent labelling of sugar content.


Better life jackets in ferries

In a bid to boost passenger safety, life-saving equipment aboard regional ferries will be getting an upgrade. This will include new, easier-to-use life jackets and customised receptacles for them under seats that will allow easier passenger access.


EU tackles immigration crisis

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is set to meet French President Emmanuel Macron today to seek a common approach to Europe's immigration crisis.

However, while Mr Macron is likely to agree to Dr Merkel's call for an emergency summit of the European Union on migration problems, no consensus on a common European migration policy is likely to emerge.


Taiwan fights China pressure

Taiwan plans to encourage people to boycott airlines that list the island as a Chinese territory due to pressure from China's aviation regulator. Countermeasures against Beijing's move could include legal action against companies that label Taiwan as part of China.


Next half of gender revolution

The "second half of the gender revolution" under way in Europe and the US will come to Asia, when societies here value involved fathers, which is good for children, families and the men themselves, says Professor Wei-Jun Jean Yeung.


Large health study on Asians

A thorough health screening awaits those recruited for a study to better predict and prevent chronic diseases among Singaporeans. Nanyang Technological University's 20-year study will be the first large-scale, comprehensive longitudinal health study on Asians.


Mentoring using dating tech

A company uses algorithm similar to that used by online dating sites to match mentors and students for educational purposes. Crimson Education, which helps students get into universities of their choice, has over 20,000 students globally, with around 2,300 mentors.


OCBC eyes gains in China area

OCBC chief executive Samuel Tsien believes ongoing trade tensions between the United States and China will have limited impact on its operations, which are prime d for significant growth in the Hong Kong region. Mr Tsien told a briefing that the bank aims to hit $1 billion in profit from what is termed the Greater Bay Area by 2023, double the $500 million racked up last year.


Repeat victory for Koepka

American Brooks Koepka on Sunday became the first golfer in nearly 30 years to win back-to-back US Open titles, achieving the feat on radically different courses.

Briton Tommy Fleetwood equalled the event's record-low score of 63 but was still a stroke behind Koepka's one-over 281 total. World No. 1 Dustin Johnson, the 2016 champion, ended a further shot back at Shinnecock Hills.


Winning return to short films

Benjamin's Last Day At Katong Swimming Complex, which bagged the top prize at the 20th Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia, was Singaporean director Chai Yee Wei's first short film in 10 years. He returned to the format as he felt he had plateaued as a film-maker after his last feature, The Voice Of China - I Want You (2014).


Top crime-buster

Mr Gordon Toh put aside his artistic dreams to be a cop for more than 40 years, solving murder cases. http://str.sg/ogT5


Push towards automation

At Changi Airport, vehicles without drivers could be ferrying passengers in the not-too-distant future. http://str.sg/ogSg

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